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A.T. Still University's School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

See how this school, in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers, is pioneering a total-immersion-training model.
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Four diverse medical students in white coats walk down a hospital corridor.

Joined January 2016

A.T. Still University's School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers, is pioneering a total-immersion-training model.

Students are embedded in 12 urban and rural community health centers for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years of their undergraduate medical education. They conduct needs assessments and perform community-based research, quality improvement projects or service projects that recognize the local social and economic determinants of health.

2017 Spring Consortium Meeting

Poster presented: Students Embedded in Community Health Centers to Impact Health Disparities Through Contextual Learning

Need/gap addressed: It is imperative that providers are trained to identify and address the many social and economic factors which affect health and wellness.


Principal investigator: Joy H. Lewis, DO, PhD
Professor, chair of public health, and director, practice-based research

The AMA awarded each consortium member a grant for its transformative medical education projects in key innovation areas.

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